Peter Kyobe Waiswa (born 29 August 1971) is a Ugandan researcher, medical doctor and academic administrator.[1] He is an associate professor of Health Policy, Planning and Management at Makerere University.[2][3] Waiswa is a health policy and health systems expert with a special interest in maternal, newborn and child health in low and middle-income countries.

Peter Kyobe Waiswa
Peter Kyobe Waiswa

29 August 1971 (1971-08-29) (age 52)
Alma materMbarara University
(Bachelor of Medicine in Medicine and Surgery)
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
(Master of Public Health in public health)
(Joint PhD in Medicine)
Makerere University
Karolinska Institute
(Post-doctoral fellowship)
Occupation(s)researcher, Medical doctor, and academic
Years active1998—present
TitleAssociate Professor of Health Policy, Planning and Management, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences at Makerere University

Early life and education


Waiswa was born a twin on 29 August 1971 to the late Kyobe Kasiko Isabirye and Gladys Kasiko Nabirye of Naigobya village, Bukooma sub-county in Luuka District. He attended Iganga Town Council Primary School then went to Budini Secondary School for O'level and Jinja College for A'level.[4] In 1992 he was enrolled at Mbarara University, Uganda graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and surgery. His Masters degree in public health from Hebrew University of Jerusalem Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine.[citation needed] His joint PhD in Medicine & post doctoral fellowship from Makerere University and Karolinska Institute, in Sweden.[5] Waiswa is a Visiting Researcher at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden.[6][7]



Waiswa did his medical internship at Rubaga Missionary hospital in Kampala (1997–98) after which he worked as National First Aid Officer of the Uganda Red Cross (1999-2000), then as a doctor and assistant district medical officer for Iganga District.[8] He was hired by Makerere University, serving in the Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management for the School of Public Health, College Of Health Sciences since 2008 until now.[9] He is a founder and member of an NGO Uganda Development and Health Associates (UDHA) and One Village At A Time (OVAAT). He also founded and leads the research groups of The INDEPTH Network Maternal,[10] Newborn & Child Health Working Group (MNCH-WG) and The Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn & Child Health also a member of the Uganda National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group.[11] He regularly participates as a technical advisor for various local, national, regional and international organisations including WHO, UNICEF, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International Pediatric Association, African Academy of Sciences and XRP Healthcare.[12][13][14]

Other consideration


He is favorably cited with an H-Index of 35 and has thus far published research findings in over 120 peer-reviewed journal Scientific publications.[15][16][17] In May 2020, Waiswa was appointed on the World Health Organization Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition.[18]


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  2. ^ Tamale, Raymond (May 7, 2020). "PROFILE: Makerere University's Prof. Waiswa appointed on WHO advisory board". Education News. Archived from the original on May 17, 2020.
  3. ^ Mwambazi, Norman (7 May 2020). "Who is Dr Peter Waiswa, the MUK professor that was appointed on the World Health Organization Advisory Board?". Matooke Republic. Kampala. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  4. ^ Vision Reporter (17 March 2013). "He turned down a posh job to save mothers". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Dr Peter Waiswa, Team Leader | Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn & Child Health".
  6. ^ "Peter Waiswa | Medarbetare".
  7. ^ Kyotalangirire, Agnes. "Kampala Slum Maternal Newborn project launched". New Vision. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  8. ^ "Peter Waiswa - Participant - SAFE MOTHERS & NEWBORNS".
  9. ^ "Peter Waiswa, MBChB, MPH, PhD". East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative.
  10. ^ "Prof. Peter Waiswa | INDEPTH Network".
  11. ^ Andrew Masinde (16 April 2020). "COVID-19: What Uganda should do after the pandemic". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Member Profile - Peter Waiswa". Healthy Newborn Network.
  13. ^ Bernard Mubiru (7 May 2020). "Makerere's Prof Peter Waiswa Appointed to World Health Organisation (WHO)". Campus Bee. Kampala. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Renowned Industry Expert Peter Kyobe Waiswa Joins XRP Healthcare to transform Private Healthcare in Uganda". Yahoo Finance. Yahoo Finace. 16 April 2024. Retrieved 16 April 2024.
  15. ^ "Peter Waiswa - Google Scholar".
  16. ^ "waiswa peter - Search Results". PubMed.
  17. ^ "Uganda: He Turned Down a Posh Job to Save Mothers". All Africa News. Kampala. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Makerere University's Professor Peter Waiswa appointed on the WHO advisory board". Campuscam. Kampala. Retrieved 22 May 2020.